1   Introduction

This booklet was written in response to a perceived need among General Practitioners, Counsellors and other healthcare professionals for an up-to-date summary of the medical aspects of male-to-female transsexualism.

Transsexualism is a relatively uncommon condition, and many GPs may never have encountered a transsexual ('TS') patient before. Information in many medical/psychiatric textbooks is scanty and out-of-date, especially in the light of recent research which strongly demonstrates a basis for the condition in brain anatomy [Swaab et al., 1995] .

The reader is referred to the companion booklet "Transsexualism: A Primer" for a general introduction to the condition and the terms used in connection with it, as well as a discussion of the aetiology of the condition.

2 Standards of Care


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